EU set to reassess ties if Israel doesn’t move on peace

The European Union is inconspicuously but determinedly threatening to reevaluate bilateral ties with Israel if the Netanyahu government fails to make progress toward a two-state solution and continues its current policy of allowing construction beyond the pre-1967 lines.

The EU’s new policy has gone largely unnoticed due to this summer’s Operation Protective Edge, but EU officials are already busy at work on a set of sanctions against Israel that Brussels could enact whenever the union’s political echelon gives a green light. Indeed, some in the EU are currently considering implementing a mechanism that would immediately penalize Israel for every step deemed unhelpful to the peace process (such as settlement expansion), a senior European diplomat told The Times of Israel.

On July 22, in the middle of the 50-day war with Hamas, the 28 EU foreign ministers issued a joint statement that was widely seen as pro-Israel, as it condemned indiscriminate rocket fire against Israeli civilians and called for the disarmament of all terrorist organizations in Gaza. Even the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem praised the EU for the statement.

However, the text also severely criticized Israel, as the EU has in the past, for various policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians, including continued settlement expansion, “settler violence,” the “worsening of living conditions for Palestinians,” house demolitions, “evictions and forced transfers” and “increasing tensions” at the Temple Mount…

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    • Frau Katze

      Good pic.

  • Nic

    Tell the EU to go F*CK itself. Europe is falling apart anyway, focus on India & China (and lately Russia) for trade. And prepare for the storm…

    • David Murrell

      Two recent items of the EU falling apart: the introduction of the Ebola virus into the moribund continent (and the virus is likely to spread rapidly), and recent economc data which suggest that the messed-up continent is likely to go back into a recession.

      And here we see the Middle East in turmoil, given the neo-Nazi ISIS advances, with mass executions and a mass refugee crisis. Yet the EU picks its fight with Israel, the only true democracy, and one of the few Middle Eastern countries not at war. The EU leadership has gone mad, insane.

      • Here today Gone to Maui

        I believe that the EU ‘leadership’ were/are insane, leftism is the product of a dysfunctional mind

      • Pete_Brewster

        The Fourth Reich takes Israel’s very existence as a humiliation. Not only did their grandfathers fail to annihilate the Jews but the Jews are thriving.

        The Lutheran church and Islam are far more natural allies. Both the Germans and the arselifters love spilling Jewish blood more than their own children (if the Germans still have children). They will ultimately not survive their conflict with Israel, and do not deserve to.

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Israel has to defend itself from the aggression of the Muslim evil,the US will be by their side if the Euros love the Muslims they should move to the middle east.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Actually, the Middle East is moving to Europe. Say goodbye to a great civilization.

  • Reader

    Let the EU break all ties with Israel, admit Turkey as a full EU member and thereby open the floodgates to their own downfall they are already well on the way to.

    Israel will do quite well without the EU.

  • Pete_Brewster

    If the EU had ever been about promotion of Western values and civilization, never mind free trade, Israel would have been a shoo-in. That they’ve wasted 50 years on Turkey’s application and never considered Israel speaks volumes by itself.

    So be it. Israel has her God, the only true ally she ever has had, or ever has needed. She’ll be at the funeral of the Fourth Reich, never fear.

  • Rosenmops

    Europe should euthanize itself since it is dying anyway. Just pull the plug and get it over with.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I would counter troll the EU and demand they set new guidelines for where Jews are legally permitted to live in Europe.

  • Oracle9

    True colors. No mention of the culture of hatred of the PLO/Hamas nest of vipers.

  • Europe has become fat, lazy and myopic not having to pay for their own defense for the past 70 years.

    Their governing class of liberal elite live in a dream world. And they have managed to screw up European society so bad that Europe may never recover from the “multicultural” experiment which clearly is NOT working.

    European elites need to make peace with their own Muslim “no go-zones” before they try telling the Israelis anything.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It’s not that Israelis don’t see this coming. They are looking to expand their markets so they can tell the EU to go eff itself.